The Porter Cable FN250B offers a no-mar tip. This useful feature enables this rear-loading 16-gauge finish nailer to perform better than others in its class. Besides, it comes with a muffled exhaust port which ensures quieter operation. Interestingly it costs much less money though it has a lot of similarities in function as well as appearance like DeWalt. You can identify nail length as the rear-loading magazine allow it to do. However, as the magazine has to be held open nail changing is somewhat difficult. You will require a lot of effort if you have to work the fasteners past a nail stop. The positive side of this nailer is it has a good line of sight through the curve no-mar tip. Moreover, it also leaves fewer marks than competing nailers. It is less prone to bruising softwood as it has a little kickback.

Porter cable fn250b Overview

One of the top pneumatic toolmakers  Porter-Cable continues to make good on their reputation. In its this journey of excellence FN250B 16-Ga. Finish Nailer is another milestone. Durable material likealuminum used to make its magazine as well as top loading. An impressive well thought indeed. This is considered as a strong, compact nailer. It has the capacity of shoots a conveniently wide range of 16-gauge nails, from 3/4 to 2-1/2 inches. It maintains a good balance. Besides the nailer offers a nice, thin grip made of porous rubber to give more comfort with full confidence. Thus you will be able to operate it with no difficulty. Its another plus point is depth-of-drive adjustment design. Moreover, a lot of other nailers are not as quiet as it is. Another advantage is its adjustable exhaust feature. Wherever you want you can direct the discharge it. It is a pleasing surprise is lightweight. If you need to use such a tool for all day long certainly such an option will give you a lot of relaxing.


  • Weight: 9.1 lb.
  • Nail Sizes: 3/4 in. to 2 1/2 in.
  • Nail Type: 16-Ga. finish nails
  • Magazine Capacity:100 Nails
  • Operating Pressure: 70-120 psi
  • Warranty: 1 year limited
  • Firing Modes: Sequential Fire
  • Jam Clearance: Side Lever Type Quick release Nose
  • Height (Inches): 10-3/4
  • Length (Inches): 11-3/4
  • Power Source:air-powered
  • Dimensions:14.6 x 13.8 x 4.2 inches

Things We Liked 

  • A very good nail gun for all interior trim work
  • No jams
  • Great little nailer for the price
  • Has held up well through many projects.
  • Highly recommend it as it is very versatile for any number of things

What We Didn’t Like 

Nail changing is somewhat difficult

What will You get in Porter cable fn250b Finish Nailer

Porter-Cable this time presents new FN250B which is considered as a complete redesign from the ground up. This model is slim and offers a smooth body design. Moreover, it reduces drag and increases O-ring life as it has an incorporated a Teflon cylinder. They have re-engineered the piston bumper to house a piston “catch”. Thus the nailer ensures the full stroke of the driver blade will always be utilized. Porter cable fn250b instructions are quite easy to read and understand.

Without the need of tools, The exhaust port is muffled to keep noise to a minimum. Thus it is adjustable to direct air away from the operator. It’s another great feature is a non-marring tip. It will protect you all delicate projects. Besides, when more visibility or tip clearance is needed you can remove it easily.

When hidden obstructions like drywall nails or nail plates are hit the quick-release nosepiece allows quick clearing of jammed nails. Regardless of wood type a built-in depth-of-drive adjustment with 8 detents allows consistent countersinking of each nail.

In tight spaces, the tapered magazine provides more clearance for installing nailing or crown moldings. The nailer eliminating the need for a bracket that is prevalent in all other FN nailers.

Wrap Up 

Concern about dropping or misuse? don’t worry. This nailer’s unique mounting system eliminates out-of-aligned magazines from such situation. The applications for this gun are endless. Without the use of a nail guide, it has the ability to allow you to shoot all 16 gauge finish nails ranging from 3/4-inch to 2-1/2-inch. The nailer provides more safety with the standard restrictive-fire trigger. The useful carrying case ensures nails, safety glasses and oil are always on hand. The Porter cable fn250b 16-Ga includes Allen wrenches, oil, Allen wrenches, 1/4-inch coupler plug with dust cap, a pack of 1,000 finish nails, carrying case, nailer and operator’s manual.

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Walter is the Editor at He has worked in a local power tool manufacturing company for 9 years. He has completed his Engineering in Electrical Background. He is now researching DIY tools as well as publishing guides to help readers.